The Economist on the Torture Report (December 9,2014) , a comment by Almost Marx

Give Sen. McCain a few political moments to regain his ideological composure.He will quickly join the apologetic lock step of the torture rationalizers. Sen. McCain has long since spent his moral capital: D.K. makes a bad misstep to begin her/his essay with the shopworn moralizing of such an utterly compromised public figure.
Sen. Feinstein’s self-congratulatory and self-exculpatory address to the Senate today, December 9, 2014, is too little too late. An act of political courage, such as she and her colleagues Wyden and Udall taking to the Senate floor and all three taking turns reading the un-redacted report, not released today, into the congressional record, would have amounted to that illusive ethical quantity. Senators have legal immunity on what they speak about, in session. But being that we are dealing with the abject political conformists of that body of 100 careerists, it did not happen.
So what we have is Sen. Feinstein scolding the CIA for it’s misdeeds, yet America’s whole political class stands indited, as the report simply makes a bit clearer. We know that the CIA torturers made video recordings of torture sessions and destroyed the evidence. Our knowledge of the scope of the mendacity and wrongdoing is expanded, while carefully redacted from the report is the vital names of the political actors and places where these acts were perpetrated, in our name. To call this report an act of self-serving political cowardice is not in the realm of moral/political hyperbole.
Almost Marx

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